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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;font-size:13.5pt">Subject: The Department of State&#39;s Innovation in Arms Control Challenge</span></b><u></u><u></u></p>
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<p style="background:white;line-height:15pt;margin-left:297pt"><span style="background:white">June 5, 2013</span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p style="background:white;line-height:15pt"><span style="background:white">Last August we launched the first open Innovation in Arms Control Challenge asking the question “How Can the Crowd Support Arms Control Transparency Efforts?”  The response to the
 challenge, especially from universities and academia, was encouraging as we received several solutions from university students and faculty.  The winner, Lovely Umayyam, was a student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  One of our runner-up
 winners, Dr. Rudolph Mappus, is<span> </span></span>a research scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute. <u></u><u></u></p>
<p style="background:white;line-height:15pt"><span style="background:white">This summer, we will hold another open challenge, and we very much want to encourage even broader participation from the academic community. The public outreach and the breadth of
 the ideas that the challenge generated was very strong, and we believe participation in the second challenge will be even stronger.  The 2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge will ask the public for information technology tools and concepts that can support
 arms control inspections. </span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p style="background:white;line-height:15pt"><span style="background:white">We hope that this topic will again bring more public awareness to arms control issues and how arms control treaties work.  We also hope to see more innovative ways in which 21<sup>st</sup><span> </span>century
 technological capabilities may evolve current diplomatic tools and processes.  Advancements in information technologies have increased connectivity in society and the ubiquity and speed to which information can flow in any situation.  It is because of these
 capabilities that we are interested in seeing how these connective technologies can affect arms control.       </span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p style="background:white;line-height:15pt"><span style="background:white">We see and appreciate the value that the academic community continues to provide to the U.S. government – from the ideas that are generated to the students that you teach.  We hope
 that you will share this information and encourage those in your communities to participate in the 2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge.  Please visit our<span> </span></span><a href="http://www.state.gov/t/avc/index.htm" target="_blank"><span style="background:white;color:purple">website</span></a><span><span style="background:white"> </span></span><span style="background:white">for
 updates or contact Grant Schneider (<a href="mailto:SchneiderGW@state.gov" target="_blank"><span style="color:purple">SchneiderGW@state.gov</span></a>) for more information.</span><u></u><u></u></p>
<p style="background:white;line-height:15pt;margin-left:297pt"><span style="background:white">Sincerely,</span><u></u><u></u></p>
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<span style="background:white">Dr. Brian Nordmann</span><u></u><u></u></p>
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<span style="background:white">Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance</span><u></u><u></u></p>
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<span style="background:white">(202) 647-2408</span><u></u><u></u></p>
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</div><br><br clear="all"><br>-- <br>Sharon Goldberg<br>Computer Science, Boston University<br><a href="http://www.cs.bu.edu/~goldbe" target="_blank">http://www.cs.bu.edu/~goldbe</a>